Youth Justice In the Midst of COVID-19
Thanks to the dedication of the state agencies, the Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee, and organizations throughout the state working with our youth, we are able to provide you with some resources on how the facilities and programs in the juvenile justice system are coping with the challenges of COVID-19.
Provides all updates concerning ongoing COVID-19 crisis
Department of Children and Families
Assessing Child Abuse/Neglect in a Remote Environment
Department of Housing
Housing/Homeless services, rental assistance
Immediate stay of execution of all evictions and ejections through May 1st, upcoming foreclosure sales are pushed back until June. Also includes links to pages for CT Coalition to End Homelessness, CT Housing Finance Authority, Department of Banking, Fair Housing Center and Fannie Mae for their assistance programs during the COVID-19 outbreak
Department of Housing and Urban Development – New England Region
Housing/Homeless services, rental assistance, disaster assistance, economic development, housing discrimination
https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus | Notice
Staff is working remotely at all New England offices, therefore please call/email your local office for all HUD assistance/needs. 2nd link directs users to FAQ/factsheet surrounding HUD and COVID-19
Department of Labor
Provides employees with information about filing for unemployment due to the COVID-19 crisis and employers with guidelines laying off employees/rehiring, as well as following orders from the state gov. about business shutdowns and restricted hours.
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)
Mental health, substance abuse, addiction
Non-essential employees are working from home per state order, DMHAS enacted its Incident Command Structure, provided structure for telework, banned visitors for 30 days, ensuring that treatments continue while promoting social distancing.
Department of Motor Vehicles
Vehicle registration, license renewal, ID services
Beginning March 18th, all DMV branch offices are closed to the public, DMV will provide services online, through phone, and by mail. Driving schools can train online, 90 day extension on all expiring DMV credentials including licenses, emmissions tests, etc.
Office of Child’s Advocate (OCA)
Advocacy, prevention, detection
Took part in inter-agency letter to CT gov asking for emergency plan in regard to youth involved with the JJ and CJ systems. Non-essential employees will work from home per state order.
Office of Policy and Management (OPM)
Non-essential employees are working from home per state order, link on OPM site to CT state page concering COVID-19.
Office of the Chief Public Defender
Litigation, legal advocacy
Non-essential employees are working from home per state order, there will only be one courthouse open in each judicial district for the time being. Emergency number is provided in case lawyers can not be contacted at this time.
Office of the Chief State’s Attorney
Litigation, legal advocacy
Non-essential employees are working from home per state order. We have a rotating skeleton crew working in the Hartford and Bridgeport juvenile courts to handle mandatory hearings such as initial detention hearings and detention review hearings. All other non-mandatory hearings are postponed. Most meetings have been postponed. We are communicating by phone and email.
State Department of Education (SDE)
Non-essential employees are working from home per state order, 2 meal programs were authorized to offer lunches to youth in the State. School districts should expect to continue remote learning for at least 30 days.